23. 04. 2014

Psychologists who write fiction: {part 1} Irvin Yalom

I wanted to talk about this interlink between psychology and fiction for a long time and I finally got around to it. I find the ways that psychology influences fiction and fiction psychology...

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21. 04. 2014

Still obsessed with Japanese literature

My love for Japanese literature hasn’t diminished. It’s still strong and I love discovering, reading, thinking and writing about Japanese authors or novels set in Japan. Kazuo Ishiguro has become my latest addiction....

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09. 04. 2014

3 biographies that will kick you into action

If you read this blog for any length of time, you are aware of my love for biographies, only seconded by my love of self-help books. I guess both self-help and biographies have...

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07. 04. 2014

The rules of Zen living

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. – Shunryo Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is a collection of teachings by the late Shuryo Suzuki. The book...

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31. 03. 2014
the creator

Quirky, gripping story of creativity & loneliness

Last Sunday, I met with a very good friendfor our favourite past time activity: book shopping with the occasional and all so important coffee breaks. I was looking for a book completely different...

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28. 03. 2014

When past becomes the present and present becomes the past

…there we have poetry and there we have human life – Shunryu Suzuki. When I read books, in contrast to when I watch movies, I get really involved in the story intellectually but...

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26. 03. 2014

Book matches the mood: spring is in the air

…well, actually, it is not, at least not if you’re living in UK but it’s end of March so one can dream of blue skies, long bike rides and picnics under clear skies....

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24. 03. 2014

Taking pride in one’s work

I read The Remains of the Day after reading in a blogpost (I wish I could remember where I read this, so I could credit it) that it’s like reading Downton Abbey. That...

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19. 03. 2014

Is it possible to achieve the optimal experience?

Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease & power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push...

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16. 03. 2014

Modesty is inspirational

-Stephen Fry It wasn’t the content of an exceptionally creative and prolific body of work that inspired me when reading Stephen Fry‘s autobiography but his modesty, humility and vulnerability. It took me by...

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